- The 1 percent hollowed out the middle class and our industrial base. And Washington just let it happen.
- If 80% of us are in or near poverty then there is no middle class
- The economy isn’t coming back
Edward McClelland, Salon
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Friday, Sep 20, 2013 | I know I’m dating myself by writing this, but I remember the middle class.
I grew up in an automaking town in the 1970s, when it was still possible for a high school graduate — or even a high school dropout — to get a job on an assembly line and earn more money than a high school teacher.
In our neighbors’ driveways, in their living rooms, in their backyards, I saw the evidence of prosperity distributed equally among the social classes: speedboats, Corvette Stingrays, waterbeds, snowmobiles, motorcycles, hunting rifles, RVs, CB radios. I’ve always believed that the ’70s are remembered as the Decade That Taste Forgot because they were a time when people without culture or education had the money to not only indulge their passions, but flaunt them in front of the entire nation. It was an era, to use the title of a 1975 sociological study of a Wisconsin tavern, of blue-collar aristocrats.
If 80% of us are in or near poverty then there is no middle class, MinistryOfTruth, Daily Koss
The economy isn’t coming back, Eric Krasnauskas, Transition Voice
- On the contrary, it’s a patched-together mess on its way to the crapper.
- We Wait in Vain
- Quantitative Easing Explained.